The Mobile Phone Is Killing The Red Telephone Booth In The UK
from the progress dept
While there have been plenty of stories about how mobile phones are killing off payphones, nowhere is such a story as upsetting to people as in the UK, where the distinctive red telephone booths are quickly disappearing, making it more and more difficult for tourists to get a picture in front of one. While there are a variety of reasons for the removal of such phone booths, including accessibility problems for the disabled, the main reason is simply that they're increasingly obsolete when everyone has a mobile phone. Of course, this is leading to a brisk business in reselling the phone booths for collectors who are turning them into lawn ornaments, conversation pieces, or even as part of a home bar.